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Posted by Rosa E. Martinez, a DUI client, Flag
I would like to say THANK YOU to the offices of Sturm Law specifically Craig Sturm. When I was told that the most important decision I would make on my sons case was hiring the right attorney, I did my research. Nothing beats stepping up and considering your options. As a client, you need to educate yourself as to who to choose to be on your side. You want someone that has won the charge you are fighting. My teenage son was being charged with 2 Felony charges of DUI with great bodily injury and they wanted years of jail time. This would have ruin his life. The first thing I noticed after hiring Attorney Craig Sturm is that he knows how to navigate his way around the courtroom and the fact that he has a social connection to the judges and prosecutors, other attorneys, and court clerks is very helpful. However, the greatest thing about Craig Sturm is that he is educated, truly an expert in his field and knows more than the prosecution! It builds confidence when the prosecutor would have to continue the case because they didn't know the answers to Craigs questions. Craig would educate them! Linda, his assistant is great! She is genuinely concerned for the outcome of her clients. There was times where waiting was nerve wrecking but having someone explain everything, it gives you hope, Linda did this every time I called. As a client, you must be patient, sometimes we don't see the hard work and hours of preparation that is being put into your defense until we go to court and see how well prepared our attorney was. We were really able to see it in the decision and the outcome of my sons case. At the end, even the judge told me how lucky I was to have a great attorney like Craig Sturm on my side. It is unfortunate that sometimes a mistake at such an early time in a teenagers life can affect there whole life, it turned his whole world upside down. Bottom line is, don't depend on the a public defender, don't just hire any attorney, hire an expert to give you the same passion and perseverance that someone like Craig Sturm is going to give to your loved one. My son and I are forever grateful! I recommend the offices of Craig Sturm with all the conviction in my heart.
Posted by Naisha, a DUI client, Flag
I was arrested sitting in my car, I blew a 0.06 two hours later they took my blood and it was a 0.08. I put every thing in my previous lawyer hands because I trusted them...Well one day my lawyer called me and said they are only offering me a wet reckless and that's the best offer and should accept it....(THAT'S IT, remind you I had no clue what this was.) I started to do research on my own and discovered wet reckless basically is saying driving and alcohol was involved. So I called different lawyers to get a second opinion, because deep down inside I didn't feel a wet reckless applied to my situation 1. I was not driving 2. I blew a 0.06 3. My blood work was 0.08 two hours later, after the paper work, calling a tow truck, then the drive to the hospital to draw blood which was on the other side of town. On the day before accepting a plea offer Mr. Sturm office return my phone call that morning. I met with Linda G that afternoon, we went over my case she educated me more on the meanings of my case explaining DUI is "Driving" under the Influence not sitting in your car on a rise, but because my previously lawyer did not take time out to do research and later I found out did not specialize in DUI cases, or file any motions etc. I lost my job I was out of so much money my lawyer took all my savings and I failed to mention I found the lawyer from Avvo this LAWYER have one of the highest score and don't no jack.... UNFREAKINGBELIVABLE. So yes I hired Craig Sturm and couldn't be more happier they are very attentive, caring, professional and they listen with empathy, they did soooo much research on my case they told me things I didn't even no happened. After explaining what I had been thru and where I was at Broke, Jobless they accepted me with open arms and worked a payment plan out with me. Craig Sturm, Linda G and everybody at Strum office love what they do, Strum office and staff does not mind digging, fighting and getting right down to the truth. I'm so grateful to have stumble upon Sturm Law they were truly Heaven sent. Thank you for all you have done.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
Back in July 2012, I was pulled over going north on the 14 freeway late at night for passing a CHP patrol car and going slightly over the speed limit. I had admitted to the officer of having consumed a drink earlier in the night and went through the battery of field sobriety tests on the side of the road. Thinking I had passed all of them, the officer then wanted me to "blow" into a apparatus to test for alcohol. I refused and got arrested on the spot. As anyone like me who has never been arrested before, it was quite a scary time. I didn't know what to expect and amidst the towing of my vehicle and having to spend the night in jail. Would I lose my job? I'm a professional. It was a lot to take in.
A friend of mine gave me attorney Craig Sturm's telephone number since he had gone through a similar ordeal years ago. He told me Mr. Sturm had his charges reduced from DUI to a wet reckless driving charge.
My circumstances were much different. First, my driving priveleges were suspended automatically for one year. Second, the district attorney for the state was aiming for the maximum conviction of DUI with an additional charge for refusal. That meant five days jail time, a nine month alcohol class and three years summary probation. This was all too great a predicament to face. Mr. Sturm filed a motion in court to prove that I was wrongfully stopped and had an opportunity to question the arresting officer on his expertise on knowing when someone is impaired or when it may be consumption. He did a very good job cross witnessing the officer and placing much doubt on the side of the prosecution that I was not impaired the night of my arrest. I had seen the video, Mr. Sturm had seen the video. We both knew I had a strong case if I went to trial.
Toward the end of my case, I plead no contest to reduced charges. I needed it over for personal reasons. Mr. Sturm got the charges dropped down to no jail time and a three month alcohol class. (What I would have received if I had no refusal charge and had blown 0.08 or less.) He convinced the prosecution that I was not impaired and in three years I can get this DUI charge expunged.
Mr. Sturm was professional and likeable throughout the entire process. Linda Gavilan, his assistant, was also a great help and professional whenever I had questions. I will recommend Sturm Law to anyone I know of in need of an expert DUI attorney.
Posted by Maria, a DUI client, Flag
I had a bad time in my life and didn't think I could afford dealing with everything. I called Sturm Law because everyone seemed to know him as Thee DUI attorney in WeHo. I finally called him with a warrant and a lot of drama. He explained everything , let me know that he would help me, and he even took payments. I am forever grateful to Craig Sturm not only did he remove the warrant but he was able to reduce my charge and get the other charges DISMISSED! I honestly dont know where I would be if I hadn't hired Mr. Sturm. Thank you and your staff!
Posted by Dylan, a DUI client, Flag
Craig was great when it came to my DUI back in the summer of 2010. This was most trouble I had gotten into, and Craig made me feel comfortable that he knew what he was doing. This gave me a bit of piece of mind. He made it the whole court process so easy, I just had do whatever he told me, and that was that. He let me know exactly what was going on; if it wasn't necessary for me to appear in court, he was there representing me; and three years later, his office even calls me to let me know I'm eligible for expungement. He even got my punishment reduced a bit- I was able to choose to pay a lower court fee or require less time on my community service.
I definitely would say to go with an attorney rather doing it alone, and Craig knows what he's doing.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client, Flag
I had given up on our judicial system until I met Craig. I couldn't believe the cops police report, I am just glad I hired the right attorney.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
Being a law abiding professional person suddenly arrested for DUI is very stressful. Craig understands the stress that follows being arrested. He handled my case compassionetly and professionally.